In·fringe, v. i.
1. To break, violate, or transgress some contract, rule, or law; to injure; to offend.
2. To encroach; to trespass; -- followed by on or upon; as, to infringe upon the rights of another.
In·fringe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Infringed p. pr. & vb. n. Infringing ]
1. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as, to infringe a law, right, or contract.
If the first that did the edict infringe,
Had answered for his deed. --Shak.
The peace . . . was infringed by Appius Claudius. --Golding.
2. To hinder; to destroy; as, to infringe efficacy; to infringe delight or power. [Obs.]
v 1: go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afould of the
law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules" [syn: conflict,
run afoul, contravene]
2: advance beyond the usual limit [syn: encroach, impinge]